• July/August 2001
  • Vol. 2, No. 4

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Casey Foundation Tracks Trends in Child Well-Being

In general, things are looking up for the nation's children, but many still face significant hardships, according to the 12th annual Kids Count Data Book.

The report, published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, compiles national and State-by-State data to track trends on 10 key indicators of child well-being, including birth weight, birth rates among teenagers, poverty, family status, high school drop out rates, and parents' employment status. This year's report analyzes statistics reported from 1990 to 1998.

Since 1990, both the child poverty rate and the number of children living in single-parent households have dropped.

"While we justifiably celebrate this good news, the grim fact remains that a sizable share of our families continues to be trapped in a cycle of hardship, still struggling to meet the day-to-day needs of their children," wrote Casey Foundation President Douglas Nelson in the report's foreword.

This year's report showed improvement in seven indicators: including drops in death rates among infants, children, and teenagers; birth rates among teenage girls; and drop out rates among high school students.

More than 72 million children live in the United States, a 14 percent increase since the 1990s, and the biggest jump since the 1950s. The larger population of children has implications for the nation's education, child care, and social service systems, the report notes.

The complete 2001 Kids Count Data Book, along with other Kids Count data and publications, is available at http://www.kidscount.org

To order a print copy of the 2001 Kids count Data Book, contact:

The Annie E. Casey Foundation
701 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 410-547-6600
Fax: 410-547-6624
Website: http://www.aecf.org

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